The Mabrigash Tribe is an Ashlander tribe that lives in the Vale of the Ghost Snake, in the region of Deshaan in mainland Morrowind. The tribe is predominantly female, and worships an ancient entity known as the Ghost Snake, which some believe to be an aspect of Sithis.
The tribe is made up primarily of Mabrigash, renegade wise women who have forsaken the established rules of behavior for an Ashlander woman to master the dark arts and become a witch-warrior. Mabrigash are outcasts among the Ashlanders. Individual Mabrigash can also be found throughout Morrowind. By 3E 427, these witch-warriors were common on the island of Vvardenfell, and were known to obtain their power by charming a man and draining him of his vital essence. They could manifest their power as a ghost snake, which would paralyze and drain their victims. It is unknown whether they have any connection to the Mabrigash tribe in the Vale.
The Mabrigash are a matriarchal society. Their women outnumber their men and garner greater respect among the tribe than their male counterparts. They don't hate males; rather, they don't trust them very much. This sentiment is most apparent when the Mabrigash are dealing with male outsiders. They were traditionally xenophobic and isolated, refusing contact with the outside world. Many of the Mabrigash are set in their ways and fear change. However, the Mabrigash will treat outsiders with courtesy if they respect the tribe's ways. Unlike other Ashlander tribes, they are led by a Farseer rather than a wise woman, and are not nomadic.
The Mabrigash tribe hunts snakes for food. They use the beasts' fangs for tools and adornments, and snake skin has a wide variety of uses. In particular, the Mabrigash can use snake skin to craft unique leather. They honor and protect snakes, only killing for what they need. Poachers attempting to hunt snakes within the Vale rarely get to leave the Vale alive. Upon arrival to the tribe, each new member much prove themselves by walking the treacherous swamps of the Vale known as the Coiled Path, while avoiding the giant snakes and the angry ghosts of those who failed. Those who flee during their trial or otherwise fail to walk the Coiled Path bring shame upon their family and dishonor their clan. As such, they can never return to the Vale.
The Mages Guild was led by an Arch-Mage, and guided by the Council of Mages, made up of six Archmagisters (one of them the Arch-Mage). By the Third Era, the Arch-Mage and the Council of Mages were headquartered at the guild's Arcane University in the Imperial City. The Council decided important Guild policies, such as its policy on the use of Necromancy and also administered recruitment, sale of spells in each local Guild Hall, and the enforcement of Guild law. The rules of the Guild varied from location to location, some differences more drastic than others. In addition, Guild Halls existed in most cities in Tamriel, each of which was run by a local Guild Magister (alternatively known as a Hall Magister). Below him were the Master of Incunabula (alternatively called the High Incunabulist) and the Master at Arms. The Master of Incunabula had a counsel of two, the Master of Academia and the Master of the Scrye. The Master at Arms also had a counsel, the Master of Initiates and the Palatinus (the leader of the local chapter of the Order of the Lamp).
Its charter from the Emperor specified that the guild must provide magic services to the public. Anyone could purchase potions, alchemical ingredients, magical items, and a selection of standard spells from the guild. However, training, goods, and services were cheaper for members, and the guild stewards were sometimes able to provide members with work. Furthermore, exclusive services such as spellmaking and enchanting, deemed potentially dangerous to the public at large, were only made available to higher-ranked guild members in good standing.
Malacath's Brutal Breed
Malacath's Brutal Breed was a cult formed by an Orc named Borug gro-Bashnarz from the ashes of Orsinium around 1E 1000. The group were Malacath fanatics that were intent on wiping out Bretons and Redguards for every real and imagined slight perpetrated by them against the Orcs.
The Mane is a unique type of Khajiit. Khajiit tradition holds that only one Mane can be alive at one time and, more specifically, believe that there is actually only one Mane who is reborn again and again in different bodies. There has been no recorded incident of more than one Mane contending for power, although whether due to the truth in the Khajiit belief or whether the ruling Mane takes care of any potential rivals is unknown. Manes can only be born under a rare alignment of the moons Masser and Secunda when, according to legend, a third moon actually appears. In older days the Khajiit would shave off their manes in deference to the Mane, braiding them into locks which the Mane would incorporate into its own mane/headdress. The Mane is so weighted down by the hair that movement is difficult without aid and they often travel the countryside by means of a palanquin. As the population grew, however, this became impractical. As a result, the headdress now only includes hair of the Mane's tribe and Warrior Guard attached to it, which includes several hundred in number.
The Maran Knights is the militant arm of the Benevolence of Mara. Despite the fact that their very existence is contradictory to the temple itself, the Maran Knights are sworn to enforce the divine will of Mara, which often is required to bring about the peace. Some members of the Benevolence even feel as if the knightly order should actually disband, but they are, however, in the minority.
The Merchants Guild is an organization that is active in Tamriel. The Daggerfall branch is known to give good standing associates a small golden anvil, one reminiscent to the sacred symbol of Zenithar. On the 27th of Sun's Height, the provinces widely recognize the holiday, Sun's Rest, in which stores close throughout the day, with the exception of inns, taverns, and other big-time guilds like the Mages Guild. If any other shop operates in this time, the Merchants Guild will heavily fine them a large sum of money.
The Mercenary Guild is a small guild led by Vychamp, its self-styled leader. The guild had considerable sway over the Mages Guild some time before the Warp in the West, and mages who wished to rise in rank needed to pledge fealty to Vychamp.
The Merethic Society was a loose group of adventurers who specialized in collecting antiques and historical relics. Named after the Merethic Era—the legendary age between the creation of Nirn and the start of the First Era—the society's mandate compelled them to go to great lengths in order to collect and preserve history. This included trading for items on the black market or procuring relics directly from ruins. They generally operated as inconspicuously as possible, as many governments didn't condone their work.
Every piece the society admits into their collection must have aesthetic or historic significance, and elevate the prestige of the collection as a whole. During the Interregnum, the society re-purposed an Ayleid ruin named Rulanyil's Fall to serve as a museum where the society could display their various historical relics to the general public. This included relics from Dwemer, Ayleid, Yokudan, Nedic and Altmer civilizations.
Moon Hunter Pack
The Moon Hunter Pack was a werewolf pack that dwelled inside Moon Hunter Keep around 2E 582, the former garrison of the Werewolf hunting organization the Order of the Silver Dawn. Many werewolves rushed to join the pack for safety in numbers after hearing tales of the pack defeating the Silver Dawn and as a result, it became the biggest werewolf pack Tamriel has ever seen.
It was led by Vykosa, one of the first werewolves. She could bend the will of werewolves, and she recruited both the willing and unwilling. Her pack had three known kinds of Werewolves. The first is the common Werewolf. The second is the Sable Man-Beast. Not much is known about them but their werewolf appearance is beast-like even while in a humanoid form. and are observed to be more intelligent and less primal and are able to cast magic and use weaponry. The third are Werewolf Behemoths which is an experimental werewolf form created by Vykosa's Archivist Ernarde which grants them amplified strength and size and are unstoppable warriors, should they survive the process.
Vykosa plotted to use her pack to take over Nirn, exact revenge on Hircine, and take down anyone that stood in her way. The Moon Hunter Pack was stopped and Vykosa's plot was foiled in 2E 582 by the Undaunted, who participated in the Great Hunt and prevented the pack from gaining Hircine's boon, and when they entered Moon Hunter Keep and destroyed the pack and slayed Vykosa.
The Moot is a council made up of the jarls of each hold in Skyrim that is convened upon the death of the High King of Skyrim to formally choose the successor to the throne from any qualifying members of the royal family. In the absence of a legitimate heir, the Moot instead chooses a successor from among the jarls. The Moot can reconvene during a living High King's reign if he breaks some taboo which makes the jarls lose confidence in him, such as refusing a challenge made in the old traditions.
The Morag Tong is an ancient guild of assassins headquartered in Morrowind, celebrating murder in the name of Mephala. They have been active since at least the First Era, and their targets have included multiple rulers of Tamriel, high-ranking Dunmer nobility, and countless others. The Morag Tong is unique in its sanctioned status under the Morrowind government to perform legal executions, bound under contracts called 'writs', although extralegal 'gray writs' are rumored to exist.
The Mythic Dawn was a secret cult that worshipped the Daedric Prince of Destruction, Mehrunes Dagon. The cult's existence can be traced back to the early days of Tiber Septim in the Second Era. The cult carried out an assassination plot against Emperor Uriel Septim VII and his heirs in 3E 433. Their deaths brought about the Oblivion Crisis, which resulted in a Daedric invasion of Tamriel and the end of the Third Era.
The Mythic Dawn was led by the "madman" Mankar Camoran, whose son Raven and daughter Ruma were his key lieutenants; all three were slain by the Champion of Cyrodiil. The Mythic Dawn had many sleeper agents posing as regular townsfolk scattered throughout Tamriel, as well as a shrine to Mehrunes Dagon hidden in a cavern near Lake Arrius that served as their base.
After the remnants of the Mythic Dawn were killed, Mehrunes Dagon's artifact, Mehrunes' Razor, was broken into three pieces. These pieces were hidden by several families, but were reunited in Skyrim during the Stormcloak Rebellion.